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The Battle for the Ballot – the people’s fight for the right to vote

The Battle for the Ballot – the people’s fight for the right to vote

A musical event showing how the right to vote was won

4 June 2016

Time 14:00 - 15:00

Duration 60 minutes

Cost In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation.  Suggested donation £5

Singer-songwriter Quiet Loner tells the story of how working people came to have a vote.  Using original songs alongside images and objects from the museum’s collections, this event crosses the centuries to show how the right to vote was won.

Beginning in the Industrial Revolution the story will take in events like the Peterloo Massacre and introduce the people – Chartists, politicians and suffragettes – who fought for the ideal of ‘Universal Suffrage’.  Staff from the People’s History Museum and Working Class Movement Library will be on hand to show some exciting new acquisitions from our Voting for Change project.

This educational, entertaining and thought-provoking show is focused around the song writing of Matt Hill aka Quiet Loner – the pen-name of songwriter Matt Hill.  Music critics have praised his albums for their emotional qualities and the way they connect with the listener.  He’s been played on BBC Radio 6 Music, performed at Glastonbury Festival and is currently the People’s History Museum Songwriter in Residence for 2016.

Part of Manchester Histories Festival 2016.Manchester Histories Festival

Suitable for all ages

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Booking Requirements:

  • Please note event attendees must arrive at least ten minutes before the start time of the event, otherwise their booked space will be given to someone on the reserve list
  • Please contact the museum as soon as possible if you wish to cancel your reservation so your place can be given to another visitor
  • Please note all donations are non refundable
  • For further information please contact the museum on 0161 838 9190 or email events@phm.org.uk